Travelling around Glaagow by car, or by coach/bus

By car
Our advice is, if you don’t know the city, (or like driving in any city!) avoid travelling around Glasgow by car. Like all major cities, Glasgow can suffer from traffic congestion at peak times and this should be borne in mind when thinking about taking your car into the city centre, or using it to drive around there. Designated parking areas with meters or pay-and-display machines are located around the city. There are also a selection of car parks which are usually indicated by a large P sign. Often however these are pretty full and you’ll spend/waste more time driving around looking for spaces. Signs indicating parking restrictions are displayed at kerbsides and on entry to the city centre. Traffic wardens (and police) are on constant patrol and parking on a double-yellow line can carry a fairly hefty fine.

Car hire companies include: Arnold Clark (0141 434 0480), Europcar (0141 887 0414) and Mitchell's Self Drive (0141 221 8461).

Please remember to drive on the left !

To hire a car in Glasgow or at Glasgow airport, a simple on line resource is to go onto, and fill in the online enquiry form there. One of our agents will be straight back to you with the best deals available for the cars, vans, minibuses and dates of your choice. One way car hires are available for many towns and cities throughout Scotland too.

For luxury car hire in Glasgow and form Glasgow airport –

Travelling around Glasgow by Coach or Bus
The region has an integrated network of public transport services for the convenience of both visitors and residents alike. Strathclyde Passenger Transport (SPT) offers Daytripper, Discovery and Roundabout discount tickets for hop-on/hop-off travel around the region, details of which you will find below. SPT also operates a network of 12 Travel centres for all your public transport enquiries and tickets. Call Buchanan bus station on +44 (0) 141 333 3708(Mon-Fri 0900-1700) for details of the centre nearest to you.

Private bus operators (notably First Glasgow, 0141 423 6600 and Stagecoach: Glasgow, 0141 333 1100 ) provide a comprehensive network of services from early morning until about midnight. You can get on a bus from clearly signposted bus stops in the street - just put out your hand to indicate that you wish the bus to stop. Please note that most buses run an 'exact fare' policy where money is entered directly into a cash box next to the driver and a ticket is then issued with no change given. Prices vary, but a fare of approximately £1.15 should get you on most rides within the city. Night bus services operate at weekends only, when they can be quite boisterous. Tourist bus services operating from George Square are a very popular and informative way to see the city sites. Bus services to and from other UK towns and cities depart from Buchanan Street Bus Station (0141 332 7133).

From the airport to the city
Glasgow airport (0141 887 1111/ 0141 848 4330) is located eight miles (14km) to the south-west of Glasgow at Junction 28 of the M8. It is linked by a bus station to Buchanan Street Bus Station by a service which runs every ten minutes from 8.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Saturday and less frequently during off-peak times. Gilmour Street rail station in Paisley is just two miles away and is linked by a frequent bus service. Taxis are widely available at the airport.

Key Features

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  • located in Glasgow’s west end
  • Close to M8 motorway links
  • Easy Glasgow airport access
  • SECC Close by
  • Modern guest rooms
  • Free WiFi and on site parking
  • Eat & drink in the Brasserie 
  • Stylish & flexible event space

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